Last war between Russia and Ukraine: what we know on day 196 of the invasion | Ukraine

  • The United Nations has called for a demilitarized zone around Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Secretary-General António Guterres urged the withdrawal of occupying Russian forces and the agreement of Ukrainian forces not to move in. “An agreement on a demilitarized perimeter should be reached,” he said. “This includes, in particular, the Russian armed forces’ commitment to withdraw military personnel and equipment from this perimeter, and the Ukrainian armed forces’ commitment not to move in.” intervene immediately and ruin the whole thing.”

  • The UN nuclear watchdog said its experts found extensive damage at the facility in a report presented to the UN Security Council on Tuesday. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi said his team witnessed the shelling at close quarters near the power plant and confirmed the presence of Russian soldiers and military equipment. The report also found that Ukrainian employees worked under constant high levels of stress and pressure, increasing the likelihood of human error. “We’re playing with fire and something very, very catastrophic could happen,” Grossi said.

  • A “parallel” counter-offensive is taking place in eastern and north-eastern Ukraine as well as in the South, a senior adviser to the President has claimed. “We are advancing and pushing almost along the entire front line,” Oleksiy Arestovych said on Telegram late Tuesday evening. “In the coming months we can expect the defeat of the Russian army in the Kherson region on the west bank of the Dnieper and a significant advance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the east.”

  • Ukraine’s key western allies have yet to sign up for the establishment of a tribunal to try Russian President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle for the crime of aggression, wants to leave room for future relations with Russia, according to Ukraine’s top officials. “It’s big politics. On the one hand, the countries are publicly condemning the aggression, but on the other hand, they are putting their foot in the closure of relations with Russia so that they are not completely closed,” said Andriy Smyrnov, deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. “They’re trying to give themselves some room for diplomatic maneuvering… Deals with Russia aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.”

  • US President Joe Biden’s administration has rejected calls from Ukraine to brand Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism”. saying it would have “unintended consequences” for Ukraine and the world. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the designation would impede the delivery of aid to Ukraine or prevent aid groups and companies from joining a UN-Turkey-brokered deal to move grain from the deadlocked ports of Ukraine to participate.

  • Biden and newly appointed British Prime Minister Liz Truss have vowed to join forces against Russia and show their “continued support for Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression” after speaking by phone on Tuesday. A Downing Street spokesman said Truss had reiterated to the Ukrainian leader that he had their full support and that Ukraine could depend on the UK’s help in the long term,” while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he believed the two Leaders “will be able to have a deep and productive relationship”.

Reuters and Associated Press contributed to this report

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